What to Know About Home Care

For many of our elderly parents, the time often comes when older adults realize they need a little more help in managing daily activities.   These needs may be simple, and subtle.  Assistance reading the prescription bottles every morning...

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Cancer Screening for Women

With people living longer these days, it is expected that by 2050, approximately 70 million individuals will reach age 65 and older. (That is approximately double the current age/population.) Obviously, this expansion of the elderly population will require more...

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Honoring Our Service Members

Timely re-post from the Social Security Administration as we approach Memorial Day... "Traditionally, on Memorial Day we honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. The unexpected loss of a service member is a difficult experience for the...

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Cholesterol and Dangers for Elderly

When elderly parents — or any of us — get a blood test for cholesterol, the laboratory takes measures on levels of High Cholesterol (HDL), and Low Cholesterol (LDL). The total combined number for HDL and LDL should, optimally,...

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Cholesterol

What is cholesterol? And why should we all pay attention? We all carry cholesterol, which is a waxy, fat-like substance – made by the liver and found in some foods – that circulates in the bloodstream and is vital to...

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Avoid Errors Upon Discharge Home

There are a variety of challenges facing elderly patients when discharged from a medical facility. -- Is your elderly parent really ready for discharge? Is he/she safe to be sent home? -- Medication changes: many times, prescription drugs will be changed...

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Transitioning Home From Acute Care

In the mind of a senior, many times they feel they are "better", or "cured" upon discharge from a hospital or rehabilitation facility. Especially when they arrive back home, where the surroundings are familiar and they can return to...

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Hike in Medicare Premiums

There are changes being implemented in the Medicare program. Medicare beneficiaries at higher income levels will feel the brunt of the cost change. For example, individuals with incomes above $85,000 (or more than $170,000 for married couples) will see the...

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November – National Family Caregiver Month

November is National Family Caregivers Month. It is a time set aside to acknowledge, honor and support over 65 million Americans who currently provide care for elderly and disabled loved ones. These are people who are taking care of, and...

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Open Enrollment: Affordable Care Act

This is a re-post from the Social Security Administration...please note open enrollment deadline for health coverage is December 15th.... ********************************************************************* Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act started on November 1st. In 2010, just before the Affordable Care Act took effect, 49.95...

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